Susan Moffitt

Susan Moffitt
Mary Tefft and John Hazen White Sr. Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Susan Moffitt is the Mary Tefft and John Hazen White Sr. assistant professor of political science and public policy. Before joining the faculty at Brown, she was a Fellow at the Center for American Political Studies and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar of health policy research, both at Harvard University. She received her PhD and MPP from the University of Michigan.

Susan Moffitt's research examines the politics of information gathering, distribution and use in government agencies, with particular emphasis on k-12 education policy and pharmaceutical regulation. Her first book, The Ordeal of Equality, coauthored with David K. Cohen, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. Some of her other scholarship has appeared in the Medical Care, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, the American Journal of Education, and numerous edited volumes.


Winner of the public policy section "Best Paper Presented at the 2010 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting" award for "The Politics of Bad News: Policy and Practice in K-12 Education" (with David K. Cohen)

Funded Research

Contract with the Wallace Foundation (Paul Manna principal investigator) for a study of the education reform group Advance Illinois.

Salomon Faculty Research Grant, Brown University 2011-2012

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012